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The Common Core State Standards Initiative was an effort to develop a common core of rigorous state standards coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The New York State Board of Regents adopted the New York State Common Core Learning Standards in January 2011 for ELA and Literacy and Mathematics for grades PreK-12.

The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, administrators, and other experts in the field to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our students for college and the workforce. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS):

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations
  • Are clear and consistent
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher order skills
  • Build upon strengths of current state standards
  • Are internationally informed so our students are prepared to succeed in our global economy.

There are twelve instructional shifts in the CCSS, six shifts in ELA/Literacy and six shifts in Mathematics. One of the ELA shifts is balancing informational and literary text. This means that students build content knowledge through text, teachers teach strategies for reading informational texts, teach “through” and “with” informational texts, and scaffold for difficulties that informational text presents. The CCSS allow teachers to spend more time on fewer texts and concepts in order to go more deeply into the rich meaning of text-specific content.

During the 2011-12 school year, the East Rochester Union Free School District, along with school districts across New York State, is transitioning to the new standards as we move through the implementation phases. The work began this year by developing common understandings of the CCSS and reviewing the instructional implications. Changes include balancing literary and informational texts in ELA instruction, having students work with increasingly complex texts learning from text in the content areas of social studies and science, and increasing mathematical proficiency.

In collaboration with Monroe #1 BOCES, our ER team will provide professional development related to the NYS reform agenda. Teachers are working to incorporate the new standards into curriculum and instructional units, and we are developing CCSS aligned units and revised curriculum maps.

We invite you to ‘engage’ in the Common Core State Standards Initiative. New York State Education Commissioner John B. King urges parents to “pe into their students’ school experience.” He suggests that parents ask their children not only, “What did you learn today?” but “What does that mean?”

Related Links

Helpful Websites from Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management

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